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xx Jennifer Kesse - Jan. 23, 2006 - FL
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Authorities in Orlando, Fla., are searching for a University of Central Florida graduate who did not show up for work Tuesday after she said she was going to mail a package, according to a Local 6 News report.

Investigators said Jennifer Kesse, 24, did not show up for work at Westgate Resorts in Ocoee, Fla., Tuesday morning.

Family and friends are concerned because she can always be reached by phone or by her family. Kesse's family has tried to call her cell phone but calls are immediately sent to voice mail.

"I don't think any mother, father or brother expects to stand in front of a camera and ask a community to help," Kesse's father, Drew, said.

Friends and family of Kesse are going door-to-door with flyers in hopes of generating some leads.

"We always, always hope that in these cases that it is just a matter of somebody just maybe going somewhere to have their own time," Orlando police Sgt. Barbara Jones said. "And we hope that maybe if she sees this even, she will contact the family and let them know."

Kesse told her friends and family that she was concerned about living alone at her apartment complex.

The woman's apartment complex has a security gate but the family said visitors are not monitored.

Kesse's car is a 2004 black 4-door Chevrolet Malibu with the license tag H90-KYC.

The last person to hear from her was her boyfriend but he does not know where she could have gone.

If you have any information concerning Kesse's whereabouts, you are urged to call Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS.
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xx Missing Woman's Car Found In Orlando
« Reply #1 on: Jan 26th, 2006, 7:52pm »

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Detectives in Orlando, Fla., have located the car of a missing woman and are searching an area near an apartment complex Thursday, according to Local 6 News.


Investigators said Jennifer Kesse, 24, did not show up for work at Westgate Resorts in Ocoee, Fla., Tuesday morning.

Family and friends were immediately concerned because Kesse can always be reached by phone or by her family. Kesse's family has tried to call her cell phone, but calls are immediately sent to voice mail.

Thursday, Kesse's 2004 Chevrolet Malibu was found abandoned at the corner of Texas and Americana at the Huntington on the Green apartment complex, Local 6 News has learned.

Detectives have brought out bloodhounds to search the area for the woman.

Meanwhile, the family continues to ask for the public's help in the search.

"I don't think any mother, father or brother expects to stand in front of a camera and ask a community to help," Kesse's father, Drew, said.

Friends and family of Kesse are going door-to-door with flyers in hopes of generating some leads.


"We always, always hope that in these cases that it is just a matter of somebody just maybe going somewhere to have their own time," Orlando police Sgt. Barbara Jones said. "And we hope that maybe if she sees this even, she will contact the family and let them know."

Kesse told her friends and family that she was concerned about living alone at her apartment complex.

The woman's apartment complex has a security gate, but the family said visitors are not monitored.

The last person to hear from her was her boyfriend but he does not know where she could have gone.

If you have any information concerning Kesse's whereabouts, you are urged to call Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

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xx Search for missing woman continues
« Reply #2 on: Jan 27th, 2006, 3:42pm »

Police and family friends of Jennifer Kesse continued to canvass the neighborhood around the missing woman's home today, passing out flyers and talking with neighbors at about the time Kesse usually left for work.

Meanwhile, the family raised the reward to $15,000 for tips.

At a news conference this afternoon, the family of the missing 24-year-old woman renewed their plea for anyone who might have seen Kesse to please call authorities, and her father vowed that he would find her.

Speaking directly to her daughter, Drew Kesse said: "Jennifer, I am going to find you. You stay (safe), be smart. I will find you.''

Drew Kesse asked that everyone keep an eye out for his daughter, but not just in Orlando and Orange County but nationwide.

"Even if you're in Kansas or Massachusetts,'' he said.

He said that there is nothing too small for people to report. "This is how it works.''

Jennifer Kesse's car car was discovered Thursday morning, raising hopes that she might still be found alive, three days after she vanished.

By midafternoon Thursday, Drew Kesse spoke to more than a dozen TV, radio and newspaper reporters from throughout Florida before delivering the same message on national TV.

"She's out there. She's strong. She's smart," Drew Kesse said. "Just hang in there. We're close. And we'll get you."

The mystery of her disappearance grew within an hour of the car's recovery at 8:10 a.m. not far from Kesse's residence. Orange County sheriff's bloodhound Bo took a sniff of the driver's seat and pulled handler Sgt. Jeff Brown at a loping pace for a mile.

The scent led straight to the front door of Kesse's home in Mosaic at Millenia, an upscale, gated and fenced condominium complex with 24-hour security on Americana Boulevard.

The trail bypassed the complex's only entrance and led to a stretch of fence separating the public sidewalk from its private grounds. Once the 6-year-old bloodhound entered the grounds, the dog picked up the scent inside the fence and went directly to a staircase leading to Kesse's second-floor condominium.

Orlando police homicide detectives would not speculate on who abandoned Kesse's Chevrolet Malibu near the intersection of Americana and Texas Avenue and then walked or ran back to her home.

"Obviously, we get more concerned as time passes, but we certainly are going to keep our hopes up," said Sgt. Barbara Jones, the department spokeswoman.

Missing-persons cases are relatively common in Central Florida, with more than 3,000 listed at least briefly each year in Orange County alone.

An impromptu search for the 24-year-old financial analyst began Tuesday when she failed to go to work at Central Florida Investments or answer her cell phone.

Extremely responsible since childhood, her uncharacteristic absence alarmed family members in Bradenton and more than a dozen former classmates at the University of Central Florida. By Tuesday night, they began distributing posters asking the public to help find the 5-foot-8, 135-pound blonde with green eyes.

"She's got the whole package. She's just one of those girls you go to for anything," said friend and college roommate Jenny Peppers. "She's got street smarts and book smarts. She's a very bright girl."

The last time anyone heard from Kesse was about 10 p.m. Monday, when she called Rob Allen, her boyfriend who lives in Fort Lauderdale, friends and police said.

Allen, 29, and Kesse met last year when she and several of her friends went to the Tiki Bar, a popular meeting place in downtown Orlando's nightclub district, said Cari McKibben, who roomed with Kesse for five years.

On Thursday afternoon, Allen, McKibben, Peppers and about 20 of Kesse's relatives and friends from as far as Boston gathered at her condominium to wait for news from police. Many were 2003 UCF graduates, who described her with the same terms of determination, intelligence and ambition that had followed her since elementary school in Tampa, when she received all A's on her report card.

At Gaither High School in Hillsborough County, where she belonged to the Fellowships of Christian Students and the Spanish Honors Society and graduated in 1999, Principal Brenda Grasso told The St. Petersburg Times, "She left us with a very high GPA. . . . What an awful shame."

Thursday's investigation in Orlando included searches of storage closets in the three-story building where she lives and a search of scrub pines and brush at the back of the property. Another search was conducted at Huntington on the Green condominiums, where the missing Chevy Malibu was found parked between a white Dodge pickup and a Jeep Cherokee.

Crime-scene technicians picked through a nearby trash container and photographed a gym-style bag along with several pieces of discarded furniture. Afterward, Kesse's car was carried away by a flatbed tow truck for a forensic inspection of its interior and body.

Homicide detectives Emmett Browning and Glenn Gause returned to the complex late Thursday afternoon to inspect a security-camera system with a view of the spot where Kesse's car had been parked. They did not say if there is film of who abandoned the car.

Information from the St. Petersburg Times was used in this report.

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xx Reward set for missing Orlando woman
« Reply #3 on: Jan 28th, 2006, 08:40am »

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An anonymous donor posted a $100,000 reward for the safe return of Jennifer Kesse, the Orlando woman who disappeared this week.

Meanwhile, the search continued Friday with renewed pleas from Kesse's family for the public's vigilance.

Drew Kesse asked that everyone keep an eye out for his 24-year-old daughter -- not just in Central Florida, but nationwide.

"Even if you're in Kansas or Massachusetts. This is how it works," he said, explaining that the most seemingly inconsequential tip could help find her.

The search for Jennifer Kesse began Tuesday after she did not show up for work. The absence alarmed family and friends, who contacted police saying she wouldn't miss an appointment without notifying someone.

News coverage of her disappearance led to the discovery of her car Thursday morning, when a TV viewer recognized the black Chevrolet Malibu parked about a mile from Kesse's home at another condominium complex on Americana Boulevard.

Orlando police will not speculate on what happened to Kesse, who works for time-share billionaire David Siegel's Central Florida Investments.

"We have a lot of work to do, and the detectives are working methodically through all the information they have received up to this point to try to find Jennifer," police spokeswoman Sgt. Barbara Jones said Friday.

Jones confirmed that a bloodhound tracked the scent of whoever abandoned Kesse's car back to her home at Mosaic at Millenia, a condominium complex. She declined to say what clues, if any, were found in the car. Investigators are studying video from a surveillance camera, but Jones would not comment on what it shows or where the video was shot.

Kesse's network of family and friends spent Friday handing out fliers about the University of Central Florida graduate to motorists at intersections.

Posters with a photograph of the 5-foot-8, 135-pound blonde with green eyes are taped to mailboxes and signs in southwest Orlando and nearby neighborhoods in unincorporated Orange County. Each carries the telephone number of Crimeline, a clearinghouse for tips: 1-800-423-8477.

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xx New photos released in Fla. woman hunt
« Reply #4 on: Jan 29th, 2006, 2:49pm »

Several new photos were released over the weekend in hopes of helping find a 24-year-old Orlando woman who mysteriously vanished last week.

In addition, the reward for information in the disappearance of Jennifer Kesse was increased to $115,000, according to FLORIDA TODAY news partner WKMG Local 6.

Investigators said Kesse did not show up for work at Westgate Resorts in Ocoee on Tuesday morning.

The first break in the case came Thursday when Kesse's 2004 Chevrolet Malibu was found abandoned at the corner of Texas and Americana at the Huntington on the Green apartment complex. Neighbors said the vehicle had been parked in the lot for several days.

After Kesse's vehicle was found, officers performed a grid search of a wooded area near the Mosaic at Millenia condominiums but nothing was found in the area.

Kesse's parents continued to ask the public for help in the case.

"Jennifer, we just want you to know that we love you," Kesse's mother, Joy, said. "We are doing everything we can to find you and bring you home."

Orlando police officers will continue searching several areas today.

Investigators said the reward for information in the case was raised from $15,000 to $115,000 after a private donor offered the money.

If you have any information concerning this case, you are urged to call Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS.

Boyfriend talked to her Monday night

Rob Allen, 32, of Margate, Kesse's boyfriend of one year, told The Associated Press he spoke with her by phone about 10 p.m. Monday, when she said she was in bed and going to sleep.

When he did not receive a phone call or text message from her on Tuesday morning - her usual practice - he called and got her voice mail, Allen said. Later, her parents told him she had not arrived at work, he said.

"She's not that kind of person, to just walk off. She's very responsible," Allen said.

Allen said that her cell phone and purse were missing from her apartment.

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xx The Search For Jennifer Kesse
« Reply #5 on: Feb 2nd, 2006, 06:49am »

A national group known for finding missing children is planning a massive search for a missing 24-year-old in Orlando.

Jennifer Kesse vanished more than a week ago from her Condo near the Mall at Millenia.

Now the group Child Watch of North America, is rounding up volunteers to conduct a widespread search for the woman over the weekend.

Don Wood from Child Watch of North America told us, "Obviously as time goes on you need to expand the search area, in terms of information. Somebody could have driven through this area, not knowing Jennifer was missing a week ago, they could be in Kissimmee they could be in Tampa, so we're going to reach out as far as we can go."

This weekend's search is separate from the search police are already conducting for Kesse.

If you want to help this weekend, you can go to the community room at the Mall at Millenia on today and tomorrow to sign up.

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« Reply #6 on: Feb 4th, 2006, 4:50pm »

Orlando Police are releasing two surveillance pictures that they hope will provide a break in the Jennifer Kesse case.

The pictures show a man they're describing as a person of interest.

Police say the photos were taken in the area of Texas and Americana around noon on January 24th, which is the day Jennifer failed to show up for work.

Police aren't releasing much information about these images, but they say the man is a pedestrian who appears to be wearing dark colored shoes and a white top.

Despite the fuzziness of these pictures, investigators say they hope someone in the public can identify him

Volunteers spent part of their Saturday searching for Jennifer. The search was organized by a group called Child Watch.

Jennifer Kesse has been missing nearly two weeks. Her car was found in an apartment complex parking lot a few days after she vanished.
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« Reply #7 on: Feb 7th, 2006, 3:54pm »

Local 6 News has learned that investigators have been focusing on a surveillance camera lodged in a roof of the clubhouse at the Huntington on the Green apartments.

The camera captured several images of a person of interest who may have information about Jennifer Kesse's whereabouts.

Two photos released Saturday show a man walking near a fence around noon last Tuesday after Kesse vanished.
The person was photographed through a gate that surrounds a pool at the complex.

Tuesday, investigators measured the area, including the distance from the gate to the camera. A laser detection device was videotaped being used by at least one officer.

Meanwhile, Kesse's parents sent a message to the person in the surveillance photos.

"You recognize yourself," Kesse's mother Joyce, said. "Come forward, you are a person of interest. You may have the key to the puzzle that is going to bring Jen home. We are begging the community to rack their brains. Study the pictures."

Detectives are looking at surveillance video from other locations as well, Local 6 News has learned.

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Friday, the family launched a Web site last week to keep Kesse's name and story circulating.

The Web site contains photos, notes from the family and a guest book where visitors can leave messages.

Local 6 News reported that one of the Web site posts was from a concerned citizen in Anchorage, Alaska.

A $115,000 reward is being offered for information about Kesse's whereabouts.

If you have any information, you are urged to call Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS.

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« Reply #8 on: Feb 9th, 2006, 07:55am »

OPD say they have used lie detectors in their search for the missing girl.

However, they're not saying who's gotten the tests or how many they've given. And they say that information, simply isn't going to be released.

Kesse hasn't been seen since January 23rd. Flyers for the girl are now up over much of Orange County.

A national group is planning a new volunteer search today. Those looking to help can sign up at the Mall at Millenia or on the Kesse website http://www.jenniferkesse.com/

If you have any information in the disappearance of Jennifer Kesse, call Crimeline at (407) 423-TIPS or 1-800-423-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous. The reward for information in Kesse's disappearance still stands at $115,000

The Kesse family has recruited the assistance of Child Watch of North America, to help organize and expand the volunteer search efforts. If you wish to volunteer to help find Jennifer, please go to search headquarters, located in the Mall at Millenia.

Next planned searches are on:

Thursday February 9th - 8:30 - 5:00
Friday February 10th - 8:30 - 5:00
Saturday February 11th - 8:30 - 5:00
Sunday February 12th - 8:30 - 5:00
Monday February 13th - 8:30 - 5:00
Tuesday February 14th - 8:30 - 5:00

For more information tune to Central Florida News 13. Only on Bright House Networks.

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« Reply #9 on: Feb 10th, 2006, 7:39pm »

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Late Friday afternoon, Channel 9 confirmed new information about the disappearance of Jennifer Kesse. The 24-year-old woman has been missing for more than two and a half weeks.

Police are confirming that Jennifer may have left her home at Mosaic at Millenia on Monday night or Tuesday morning looking for a roadside mailbox to mail a package. They will not say where or whether she made it there, but the package is also missing.

Jennifer's family now confirms her younger brother Logan had stayed at her condo with several of his friends while she was on vacation the weekend before she vanished. Police have had that information from the beginning.

"Absolutely they've looked at them. They've had multiple discussions with them. They will go through the same thing everyone else will go through," said Jennifer's father, Drew.

Channel 9 has also learned one of those friends left a cell phone at Jenniferís condo and asked her to overnight it. The Monday night or Tuesday morning she disappeared, she may have left her condo looking for a roadside drop box to mail that cell phone. The package is missing and never made it to its destination.

"In the end, the detective believes he'll have a pretty good concept of what may have happened to Jennifer, but we don't know right now and we're gonna keep hope that we find her alive," said Barbara Jones, Orlando Police Department.

The best hope so far is a person of interest captured on a surveillance camera near where Jennifer's car was found. Channel 9 brought the images to expert Dominic Levasseur. He was able to enhance the contrast enough to guess that the person is likely wearing a hat, rather than having a unique hairstyle. He also said the clothing is probably light in color as police first thought.

At the search headquarters, volunteers were calling 1,200 volunteers from last weekend, hoping they'll return to help this weekend.

Family members said 400,000 flyers have gone out so far.

If you'd like to volunteer this weekend, go to the Mall at Millenia between 8:30am and 6:30pm Saturday or Sunday.
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« Reply #10 on: Feb 13th, 2006, 5:57pm »

Reporter Willoughby Mariano filed this report from today's news conference in the Jennifer Kesse missing person case:

One day after a raid on a boarding house failed to turn up their missing daughter, the parents of Jennifer Kesse said they remain certain they'll find her.

"In our hearts, we strongly feel that she is alive,'" said Joyce Kesse, Jennifer's mother, at a short press conference Monday afternoon.

It's just a matter of time, father Drew Kesse stressed. He echoed a message Orlando police Sgt. Richard Ring gave Saturday: multiple people may have been dragged into aiding in Jennifer's disappearance. These people need to speak up.

"Now is the time. Otherwise, you're just as guilty as the person that did this thing," Kesse said.

On Sunday, a SWAT team raided a boarding house on 40th street near Orange Blossom Trail after receiving a tip that Jennifer Kesse was being held against her will there.

Police discovered six people inside the boarding, but not Jennifer Kesse.

Despite their disappointment, family members remained upbeat.

"It just goes to prove that no one is going away," he said.

Jennifer, 24, a financial analyst, failed to show up for work at Central Florida Investments in Orlando Jan. 24. Her absence alarmed family and friends, and led to a highly-publicized search. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Orlando police or Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477. There is a $115,000 reward.

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« Reply #11 on: Mar 6th, 2006, 09:50am »

By Central Florida News Channel 13

Jennifer Kesseís parents team up with ChildWatch.

It's been more than six weeks now since Jennifer Kesse went missing. As her family continues to search for clues in her disappearance they are also working to help keep the children of other parent's safe.

The 24-year-old was last seen or heard from back on January 23rd. She disappeared from her condo near the Mall at Millenia. Her car was found a few days later but no sign of Kesse.

Since then Kesse's family, friends and volunteers have done numerous searches of the area around her condo but have turned up no clues about what happened to her.

Jennifer Kesse's parents say they want to help the community that has been so supportive in their search. They're now teaming up with ChildWatch to help parents protect their kids.

On Saturday, they will hold their first KIDGUARD event at the Winn-Dixie at Texas and Americana Boulevard.

Families can go and receive a free child ID and a set of safety rules.

KIDGUARD runs Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jennifer Kesse. You are asked to call CrimeLine at 1-800-423-TIPS.

For more information tune to Central Florida News 13. Only on Bright House Networks.

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xx Donor pulls reward money in Kesse case
« Reply #12 on: Mar 8th, 2006, 07:06am »

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- An anonymous resident who donated $100,000 of reward money in the Jennifer Kesse missing person case is pulling the cash after a "behind the scenes" conflict with Crimeline, according to FLORIDA TODAY news partner WKMG Local 6 News report.

Kesse, 24, was last heard from on Jan 23 in Orlando and her car was found days later near her condominium near the Mall at Millenia in Orlando.

Since her disappearance, a $115,000 reward has been offered in the case.

Tuesday, the anonymous donor said the $100,000 will be pulled by March 15. The move is supposed to help the case and force someone to come forward this month.

However, there is a behind the scenes conflict between the anonymous donor and Crimeline, Local 6 reporter Louis Bolden said.

The controversy lies in the condition to collect the reward, according to the report.

The donor has reportedly said from the time the donation was made that the money was to only to be paid if Jennifer Kesse is returned home safely, the report said.

But the money was turned over to Crimeline and the organization offers rewards for information leading to arrests even if the person is not returned.

"The donor tells Local 6 that if Crimeline does not want to play by his rules, he is taking his money back," Local 6 reporter Louis Bolden said.

While the $100,000 donated money sits in Crimeline's account, the interest goes back to Crimeline, which the donor also disagrees with.

The Kesse family continues to feel that the reward money is crucial in finding their daughter. They said when the donor pulls the cash they will work to raise more money.

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xx Squabbles take toll on parents as Kesse reward dea
« Reply #13 on: Mar 9th, 2006, 2:53pm »

Willoughby Mariano and Henry Pierson Curtis | Sentinel Staff Writers

From the start, the parents of missing Orlando woman Jennifer Kesse have placed their faith in the good will of strangers.

Thousands passed out fliers asking for help finding their daughter, who disappeared in late January. They searched the nearby woods for clues, gave them a Web site and posted reward money for her discovery.
Yet as the two-month anniversary of Kesse's disappearance approaches, her parents, Drew and Joyce Kesse, are learning that even the best of intentions of volunteers and benefactors can go awry.

On Wednesday, authorities discussed whether an anonymous donor had rescinded most of a $115,000 reward for the resolution of Kesse's case, effective immediately. The parties ultimately agreed that $100,000 of the offer expires March 15.

Late last week, a bizarre squabble between administrators of jenniferkesse.com, which is owned by the Kesses, and jenniferkesse.org, which isn't, swallowed up the family's time.

The miscommunications and disagreements have worn on Drew and Joyce Kesse, who are staying in their daughter's 900-square-foot, one-bedroom condo and said they refuse to leave until she's found. These disputes are trying, especially as media attention has waned and police have come up empty.

"I'm kind of heartbroken that this has come to this. This has caused us more stress than I can begin to share," Joyce Kesse said Wednesday.

"We want to keep the focus on Jennifer," Drew Kesse said.

Since their 24-year-old daughter vanished, Drew and Joyce Kesse have left their Bradenton home to manage a complicated network of volunteers and organizations working to find their daughter.

Many in that network differ on how the search should run.

Crimeline administrators clashed with the donor of a $100,000 reward for what tips qualify for the cash. The donor asked to remain anonymous Wednesday, saying he was concerned about the safety of those around him if kidnappers learned his identity.

The donor wants to restrict the reward to tipsters who give information leading to Kesse's safe return.

"I don't want to pay $100,000 for her body or $100,000 for a conviction," the donor said. "I want to pay $100,000 for her safe return."

According to policy, Crimeline offers rewards for information leading to a conviction or resolution in a missing-person or criminal case.

"The big conflict between Crimeline and me was they said, 'We don't do it that way.' Why? It's my money," the donor said Wednesday.

Crimeline returned the $100,000 deposit Tuesday afternoon and issued a statement Wednesday morning saying the money was off the table immediately.

After telephone calls with Orlando's chief of police and others, Drew Kesse announced that the entire reward is still available until March 15, as did the donor.

"I'm still posting the $100,000 reward for her safe return," the donor said.

Wednesday's confusion came less than a week after a squabble between administrators of rival Web sites about the Kesse disappearance over a forum that allowed users to post their ideas on what happened to Kesse. Jenniferkesse .com was authorized by family members and shut down its Web forum. Jenniferkesse.org was not and kept its forum open.

Debate exploded on the site about whether a forum should exist and which Web administrator really has Kesse's concerns in mind. Opponents called each other names in postings and suggested the others were involved in conspiracies.
Ultimately, the family's forum was shut down and the rival Web site was scaled back.

The dispute did nothing for Kesse, her father said.
Despite the heartache, the Kesses strive to remain upbeat, hoping someone will identify the person of interest who was seen near an apartment where her car was found Jan. 26, two days after she was reported missing.

Almost all of the volunteers' efforts have gone smoothly. Almost all of the strangers have been kind.

When the Kesses are weary, they think about their daughter.

She's probably suffering far more than they are, Joyce Kesse said.

"If we're exhausted, we think, 'How's Jennifer?' " she said.
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The family of a missing Orlando woman is questioning an unauthorized donation Web site that implies it was approved by family and Crimeline, according to FLORIDA TODAY news partner WKMG Local 6 News.

After Crimeline gave back $100,000 of reward money in the missing person case of Jennifer Kesse, the family received an e-mail that a Web site was created overnight asking for public donations.

The Web site implies that it has the blessing of the Kesse family and the "green light" from Crimeline to collect donations through Paypal, the report said.

However, a Local 6 News investigation found that neither the family nor Crimeline has approved the site.

"The family has concerns about the motivation behind it," Local 6 reporter Louis Bolden said.

"It sends up a red flag to me as well," mother Joyce Kesse said. "... Where is the money going?" Kesse said. "Without anyone communicating with us, how do we know where that money is really going?"

The Web site is the latest in a series of Internet problems for the family.

The family is also dealing with the backlash of two "Jennifer Kesse" Web sites created without their permission, Bolden said.

Both sites had forums that allowed so-called "armchair sleuths" to post outrageous theories about Kesse's disappearance.

"We are trying to find Jennifer and any side things that come up or side issues, it does make frustration for you," father Drew Kesse said.

The family has been able to gain control of one of the Web sites.

"I guess the Internet grew so fast, so quickly, there probably needs to be regulations on these very same things," Joyce Kesse said.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Kesse family may do so at any Bank of America location through the Find Jennifer Kesse Trust Fund.
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